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Recycled Living

Youth-Led; Portland-Based

Help us turn plastic into a place to live

Recycled Living is a youth-led organization in Portland Oregon creating a real solution to houselessness and plastic pollution. By utilizing Portland’s estimated 20 tonnes of plastic on our streets, we turn this wasted plastic into building materials to create free housing in tiny home communities. These tiny home communities provide resources for community members to reenter society while creating a housing-first approach to homelessness and simultaneously cleaning up tens of thousands of pounds of harmful trash.

PROJECT SUMMARY

Each Recycled Living community constructed will be on one fourth an acre of land. This land will be in the Portland Metro Area with close access to the public transit system and a viable distance to the local colleges. On the land will reside 16 homes and two separate structures. The two separate structures will contain personal bathrooms for each of the community members and the other a place to cook, eat, and hangout together. Each home is 260 square feet containing a living room, bedroom, and a custom porch. The community will have 16 hydroponics systems and 4 raised beds to provide healthy and fresh food for the community members. These communities are not just a place to sleep but instead a new place to live with food, plumbing, kitchens, and more.

THE OVERVIEW

Each Recycled Living community constructed will be on one fourth an acre of land. This land will be in the Portland Metro Area with close access to the public transit system and a viable distance to the local colleges. On the land will reside 16 homes and two separate structures. The two separate structures will contain personal bathrooms for each of the community members and the other a place to cook, eat, and hangout together. Each home is 260 square feet containing a living room, bedroom, and a custom porch. The community will have 16 hydroponics systems and 4 raised beds to provide healthy and fresh food for the community members. These communities are not just a place to sleep but instead a new place to live with food, plumbing, kitchens, and more.

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The

Plastic

Throughout 2018 in Portland, more than 10,000 tons of recyclable plastic was dumped into our landfills to remain there indefinitely. This is due to only very specific types of plastic being able to be recycled in the traditional recycling system. Recycled Living’s approach to recycling utilizes all types of plastic no matter the material, size, or shape. This means all the recycling we collect from businesses, recycling plants, food courts, and off our streets all gets recycled.

The

Homes

Providing free housing is the most direct solution there is to combat houselessness. This is why constructing tiny homes has been a popular solution across the globe. However, these homes traditionally are expensive and take months to build. By constructing the homes out of our recycled building materials we can lower the cost of construction down to 1/40th and build each home in less than 5 days. This simultaneously cleans tens of thousands of pounds of plastic from our community at the same time.

Each home is 20 feet long and 12 feet wide with 8 foot high ceilings. The home has two rooms containing a living room with a couch, tv, and dining table and a bedroom, with a desk, bed, closet, and storage. Individual heating and air conditioning paired with the thick insulation makes the homes energy efficient and always the perfect temperature. The porch adds a place to relax under cover and visit with other people.

The

Community

The tiny homes built will form Recycled Living communities. Providing free housing wouldn’t be enough if we didn’t also provide access to jobs, education, and other life necessities. Through our partnerships around Portland, each community member is met with connections to other organizations and resources to get a job, further their education, and receive healthcare, food, clothes and more. This community is the heart of what Recycled Living is. The only way we can fix this problem is by giving people exactly what they need no matter what that looks like.

All the homes, buildings, decks, and outdoor furniture are constructed of 100% recycled plastic from this project. Each home is made with the same blueprint and materials but customized with personal furniture, art, and other furnishings. It’s really important for this project to make the community feel like their home. Each community member receives their own individual bathroom, cooking area, garden, and tiny home. This creates a place with everything they need to live so the individuals can focus on what’s important to them to get back on their feet.

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Recycled Living is a Non-Profit creating a real solution to homelessness and our problematic recycling system.

We believe Recycled Living can be a monumental step forward in creating a comprehensive and affordable solution to these two large issues.

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